Steve Cropper Donates Three Guitars and Amplifier to the Smithsonian Institute

by VVN Music

Classic guitarist Steve Cropper has donated three solid-body electric guitars and an amplifier to the collection of the Smithsonian Institute.

Cropper is best known as a member of the Stax Records house band, playing on such classics as Knock on Wood, (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay, Soul Man, Green Onions and In the Midnight Hour.

The donations will become part of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's growing collection of American music objects and memorabilia. John Edward Hasse, curator of American Music, said "The instruments will be some of the first the museum collects that document the story of Memphis rock, R&B, and soul music. These objects document a leading songwriter, who worked closely with a number of leading African American musicians and played on countless recordings."

The donated items:
  • A 1961 Fender Esquire "Doc", played on the Otis Redding recording (Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay (1967)
  • A 1975 Fender Telecaster electric guitar that was played in a scene from the movie The Blues Brothers and used on two Levon Helm albums and the Blues Brothers' album Brief Case Full of Blues
  • A Fender Telecaster electric guitar made in 1951–1952. It was gifted to Cropper by Jim Dickerson, a producer and recording artist from Memphis
  • A Fender Harvard amplifier, purchased between 1957 and 1958, used by Cropper in his work with legendary instrumental R&B/soul band Booker T and the MGs, including on their hit instrumental Green Onions (1962)
Cropper's guitars will join a large and diverse collection of musical instruments at the museum that includes John Coltrane's saxophone, Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet, Prince's Yellow Cloud electric guitar and Eddie Van Halen's "Frank 2" guitar.

1 comment

Keith Jordan said...

I think it's actual name is "Smithsonian Institution". At last that's what I've always heard. Look it up.

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